"The only way is up, boss" - Manuel Neuer (l.) had faith that Niko Kovac (r.) would turn Bayern's season around after a difficult start. - © imago images / Andreas Gora
"The only way is up, boss" - Manuel Neuer (l.) had faith that Niko Kovac (r.) would turn Bayern's season around after a difficult start. - © imago images / Andreas Gora
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"We all believed we could do the double" - Bayern Munich captain Manuel Neuer

Bayern Munich may have had to dig deep to win the Bundesliga and DFB Cup double this season, but goalkeeper and captain Manuel Neuer expects more silverware to follow under Niko Kovac next term.

Kovac succeeded Jupp Heynckes as Bayern coach last July having steered former club Eintracht Frankfurt past the Bavarians in last year's DFB Cup final.

The former Croatia midfielder endured a difficult start to life in the Allianz Arena dugout, though, and at one point Bayern trailed pace-setting Borussia Dortmund by nine points.

But after hoovering up 42 of a possible 51 points in the Rückrunde, Bayern overhauled BVB to collect their seventh consecutive Bundesliga title - a record - before adding another cup to their burgeoning trophy cabinet with victory over RB Leipzig last Saturday.

Watch: How the league table unfolded over the course of the season.

Neuer - who put in a Man of the Match performance in the cup final - may boast a continental treble with Bayern in 2013 and a FIFA World Cup with Germany a year later - but for the 33-year-old, success this season was particularly sweet.

"It's such a special thing, because you just have to ask the other top clubs in Germany how much they would've liked to achieve at least one title," he explained to German sports daily, Kicker.

"We're proud of what we did in the second half of the season. It was a really strong performance when you consider how the first half of the season went for us. The whole team and the whole club be believed we could do it."

Bayern fans paid tribute to Robbery - Franck Ribery (l.) and Arjen Robben (r.) during the final day win over Eintracht Frankfurt, in which both scored. - 2019 DFL

Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Rafinha have played their last games for the club, meanwhile, and Bayern have already secured the signatures of French World Cup-winning full-backs Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez for next term.

The 2018/19 double was won in something of a transitional period, then, but Neuer - who has thrown his weight behind Kovac - expects Bayern's unparalleled success to continue into next season and beyond.

"If you win the double, it's quite simply a successful season," he said. "It was great after the difficult time; and for Niko Kovac, for whom it was certainly not easy. He's focused on football and he's always been on our side, so it was a great achievement for him.

Watch: Bayern beat Dortmund 5-0 in April - a "turning point" for Kovac

"We're still living a record - seven league titles in a row - and we want to expand on that next year."

Bayern will take on Arsenal, Real Madrid and AC Milan at the International Champions Cup in the USA in July before opening the 2019/20 German football season at Dortmund in the Supercup in August.